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How to Prolong or Avoid a Hip Replacement

We’re not as young as we used to be, but we’re not feeling bad for ourselves. In fact, we look at our age as a badge of pride. Not everyone gets to live as long as we have, after all, and we’re thankful we’ve had the wonderful days that we have (and we’re always looking forward to more). But, that doesn’t mean that we take our age and all that comes with it without a fight. We’re here to take care of ourselves. Keep reading to learn how to prolong or avoid a hip replacement.

What leads to a hip replacement?

Commonly, it’s osteoarthritis that leads to a hip replacement. There are also accidents such as a bad fall that can lead to a hip fracture. But, overall, the most common reason is osteoarthritis, which is the breakdown of cartilage on the surface of the hip joint.

Tips to avoid a hip replacement

Keep Weight Off

If you aren’t maintaining a healthy weight, put that at the top of your list of things to do this year. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to keeping excess pressure off your hips, leading to less strain and less pain.

Exercise

Exercise will help you keep your weight at a healthy level, but it does so much more than that for you. In fact, exercising the correct way can help strengthen the muscles around your hips and back. When your muscles are strong, your hips can be kept in better alignment. Swim, hike, and try new things to keep different muscles engaged.

Modify Your Exercise

If you’re already dealing with hip pain, take care of yourself. If an exercise hurts, don’t do it any more. Make sure to modify your exercises to ensure you’re taking care of your hips from day one. Consider cutting out exercises that hurt and only doing exercises that support your overall health. One quick tip is to cut out running and take up swimming.

If you’re interested in learning more, or are looking into hip replacement surgery, give us a call to schedule a consultation.

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